Diplomacy

The New Silk Road will go through Syria

China and Syria have already begun discussing post-war infrastructure investment; with a ‘Matchmaking Fair for Syria… Pepe Escobar  Asia Times Amid the proverbial doom and gloom pervading all things Syria, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune sometimes yield, well, good… Take what happened this past Sunday in Beijing. The China-Arab Exchange Association and the Syrian Embassy organized a Syria Day Expo crammed with… The New Silk… Read More »

The EU Is Not Out of the Danger Zone

European leaders should convert their newfound confidence into positive energy to develop realistic solutions to the challenges that continue to plague the EU. Stefan Lehne, Tomáš Valášek Carnegie Europe Lately, Europe has been going through strange mood swings. Just a few months ago, the end seemed to be near for European integration. In light of the British vote to leave the EU and the rise of populist parties in a number of member states, many observers doubted whether the… The ... Read More »

Is Turkey the most Orwellian country?

It’s been almost 70 years since English novelist Eric Arthur Blair, writing under the pseudonym George Orwell, penned “1984,” his famous dystopian novel which depicted life in Oceania, a state in… Michael Rubin AEIdeas The state prosecutes “thought crime” and independent thinking. The “Inner Party” strictly controls policy, even as members of the “Outer Party” fill other bureaucratic slots in order to keep the… Historical revisionism is rife and… Is Turkey the… Read More »

UN criticism of Australian human rights record welcomed by lawyers

Lawyers who are part of a coalition of NGOs have welcomed the wide-ranging findings made by a UN committee about Australia’s human rights record and are calling on the government to address the nation’s poor… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly Australia has been taken to task by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in a new report released last… The committee assessed how well Australia has managed to meet its commitments under the International Covenant on Economic, Social… ... Read More »

Turkey minister barred from Austria rally for failed coup anniversary

The Austrian authorities have barred Turkey’s economy minister from entering the country to attend a rally to mark the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt. BBC Nihat Zeybekci’s visit would represent a danger to “public order and security”, an Austrian spokesman said. The Turkish government did not comment immediately on the… Relations are already tense as Austria has criticised the Turkish government’s response to the… Turkey minister barred… Read More »

Can Kurt Volker Solve the Ukraine Crisis?

Kurt Volker, widely known as a tough-minded and accomplished diplomat, confronts his biggest challenge in working to implement the… Curt Mills The National Interest As Donald Trump spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Hamburg late last week, his State Department announced the appointment of a… His mandate is to help implement the Minsk agreements. Kurt Volker is widely respected as an accomplished diplomat, but in Ukraine he confronts his… Can Kurt Volker… Read More »

China’s Foreign Policy Experiment in South Sudan

China, traditionally cautious about intervening in other countries, is playing the unprecedented role of peacebuilder in… ICG This experience could serve as a trial run for a more proactive global role, but Beijing is still challenged by limitations in its experience, expertise and… Executive Summary China’s longstanding principle of non-interference in other states’ internal affairs is evolving with its growing global footprint. As Chinese overseas investment and… China’s Foreign Policy… Read More »

How Can Greece Pay Back China?

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: China and Greece have an almost entirely one-sided economic relationship. Roie Yellinek       BESA China’s deep involvement in Greece is part of a long-term strategy to achieve control of the marine paths from China to the EU. This strategy means China is willing to invest and take part in the rehabilitation of Greece – but there will be a price to be paid for… How Can Greece… Read More »

UK business group: Government has no ‘clear plan’ for Brexit

The President of the Confederation of British Industry Paul Dreschler said that business was “no wiser” about Brexit than a year… Joshua Posaner  Politico The U.K. government has no “clear plan” for Brexit and needs a “serious fact-based discussion about what the future looks like” outside the EU, Paul Drechsler, president of the Confederation of British Industry lobby group, said… Speaking on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday show, Drechsler said that… UK business group… Read More »

SNP facing diplomatic crisis as Catalan independence vote looms

The SNP is facing a diplomatic crisis ahead of Catalonia’s proposed independence referendum. The Scotsman Supporters of the SNP and campainers have urged the party to formally endorse the vote, which is scheduled for this autumn despite being declared unconstitutional by… However, Nicola Sturgeon is coming under pressure surrounding the issue to avoid a fall out with Madrid and the Spanish Government, according to The… SNP facing diplomatic… Read More »

US, Russia disagree over what Trump and Putin actually said to each other

Hamburg, Germany (CNN) President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for over two hours Friday afternoon, discussing interference in US elections and ending with an… By Dan Merica and Kevin Liptak CNN But a diplomatic dust-up immediately broke out after the session when Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Trump accepted Putin’s assurances there was no… The dispute only underscores the challenges that remain in the… US, Russia disagree… Read More »

DR Congo loses $1B per year to child malnutrition: UN

Losses to the country each year could equal 4.5 pct of country’s GDP, says new UN report. Godfrey Olukya AA ARU, Democratic Republic of Congo The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is losing more than $1 billion a year due to the effects of child malnutrition, according to a new UN report. This could amount to some 4.5 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, said a UN statement on Friday. The report was undertaken by the nation’s government in… ... Read More »

Top Democrat: Working with Russia on cybersecurity is akin to ‘inviting the North Koreans’ to discuss nuclear proliferation

Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, disregarded the notion of the Trump administration establishing a bilateral “working group” with Russia to crack down on… David Choi  Business Insider “The establishment of a working group as reported by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to study how to curb cyber interference in elections in which the Russians would play any… “It tacitly adopts the fiction that the Russians are a… Top Democrat: Working… Read More »

US lawmaker wants to block F-35 sales to Turkey over embassy brawl

WASHINGTON — A Democratic lawmaker from Rhode Island is seeking to block the U.S. sale of Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jets to Turkey over an attack on protesters outside the… Joe Gould and Valerie Insinna Defense News Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, has proposed the ban as an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by the House Armed… The House is expected to take up the bill and deal with amendments ... Read More »

North Korean missile launch pits China and Russia against the US

Analysis There’s a saying in politics: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” North Korea’s missile test is indeed a crisis — and a test of Donald Trump’s still-young presidency. Ben Knight  ABC But he is being outmanoeuvred by Russia and China, who have teamed up against the United States to achieve a mutual goal: weakening the US military presence on their doorstep. Both Russia and China have a land border with North Korea. For China especially, North Korea ... Read More »

Saudi-Venezuelan ties to reach new heights: Envoy

RIYADH: Bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Venezuela are set to take a leap forward with the holding of a Joint Committee Meeting in Riyadh at the end of this year, according to Joseba Achutegui, the Venezuelan ambassador to the… MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN Arab News The envoy was speaking to Arab News on Wednesday, on the 206th anniversary of his country’s independence. Achutegui said that the… Saudi-Venezuelan ties… Read More »